Kitchen Island Top Polishing Kitchen Island Top Polishing


Part of your regular maintenance should be kitchen island top polishing. If you want to really protect your counter top, you will periodically clean and polish it to keep it in tip-top shape. There are a number of products and techniques to employ depending on the material used to create your custom kitchen island top.


Instead of buying an expensive non-abrasive granite cleaner, make your own homemade concoction. First, mix three cups of warm water with 1/4 cup of baking soda. Apply a liberal amount to the counter top, scrubbing the surface lightly with a lint-free cloth. Use a dry cloth to remove any excess liquid. Next, mix a cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol with a few--just a few--drops of liquid dish washing soap. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, apply it to the surface with a circular rubbing motion until it shines. An added protection is to apply a high-grade granite sealer as your last step.


Wood polishing is a periodic maintenance chore all homeowners know is a must. And again, instead of buying some well-marketed expensive brand name product, make your own. Mix two parts of either vegetable or olive oil to one part lemon juice in a medium sized bowl. Once the wood has been cleaned, saturate a clean lint-free cloth and rub the wood in the direction of the grain. Use a small soft bristle brush--like a toothbrush--to work in cracks, crevices and intricate scroll work or other raised patterns. Once you have rubbed in the homemade polish, use a dry, clean lint-free cloth to buff it to a shine. If your kitchen island top is unfinished wood, substitute the vegetable or olive oil for mineral oil but mix only one teaspoon of lemon juice per cup of mineral oil.

Ceramic Tile

Once again, you will find numerous well-marketed ceramic tile polish products you can spend your money on. But, you can also use basic ingredients found right there in your kitchen to do the job. Yes, you need to clean the kitchen island top first. This can be done easily by sprinkling baking soda on the surface area and rubbing with a clean, damp cloth. Then use a cloth dipped in warm water to wipe the tile free of baking soda residue. Mix either one part lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to four parts water and use a sponge to apply it to the tile. Wipe off any excess and then buff to a shine with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth.

Stainless Steel

Although its name says so, stainless steel is not always stain free. Using a liberal sprinkling of baking soda followed by a good scrubbing and rinse with warm water should clean the surface area quite will. Wiping stainless steel completely dry with a clean cloth can buff it to a high sheen without any other substance needed to polish the surface.

If your kitchen island top is made from another metal substance like copper or zinc, refer to the manufacturer’s suggestions for the proper metal polish to apply.

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